Tellius Appoints Hardik Chheda to Chief Product Officer and John Aven to Head of Engineering

New Executives Will Be Tasked with Platform Innovation To Meet the Growing Demand for Decision Intelligence

RESTON, Va.—June 2, 2022Tellius, the AI-driven decision intelligence platform, today announced the appointments of Hardik Chheda to Chief Product Officer and John Aven to Head of Engineering. Both Chheda and Aven will focus on expanding capabilities for Tellius Decision Intelligence to accelerate how business and analyst teams uncover diagnostic, predictive, and prescriptive insights from across data sources to inform decision making.

Chheda brings with him over a decade of experience in data analytics, including executive and product leadership roles at OmniSci, Infor, and Oracle. He had previously held the role of Head of Product at Tellius, helping the company launch from stealth, leading to industry recognition from Gartner. Following his departure from Tellius, Chheda was the VP of Products at OmniSci, where he launched its Freemium offering and led its transformation to a product-led growth strategy. In his new role as Chief Product Officer, Chheda will lead the product teams at Tellius, setting the product strategy and vision for the Tellius platform. Chheda earned his Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

“I have been fortunate to be a part of Tellius’ early journey to build a foundation for success. Customers love our product, evidenced by the best-in-class net promoter score over 90. Tellius was also recognized by Gartner as a Visionary in the 2022 Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms and a Representative Vendor in the 2022 Market Guide for Multipersona Data Science and Machine Learning Platforms,” Chheda said. “I am excited to be back at Tellius to lead the next wave of platform innovation and build a generational company that redefines how companies use augmented analytics and decision intelligence to make better business decisions.”

Aven brings 12 years of experience in creating ML and data-driven solutions that drive digital, analytical, and cloud transformations. Prior to joining Tellius, Aven was the VP of Engineering at Mercury Data Science, where he led the Data and Machine Learning Engineering practice as well as focused on product development and IT operations. In his new role as Head of Engineering, Aven will focus on transforming engineering practices, DevOps excellence, and overall quality of product by extending the benefits of automation around infrastructure, security, and DevSecOps in the Tellius platform. Aven received his Doctor of Philosophy in Computational Science from San Diego State University & Claremont Graduate University, and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from San Diego State University.

“I joined Tellius because they’re solving the analytic headaches I suffered for years,” said Aven. “The biggest bottleneck for any analytics problem is waiting on data engineering, scientists, or dashboards to answer a one-off question. Time-to-delivery on these questions is always extremely slow, even at a company practicing agile production. Tellius puts data and analytics in the hands of business users to drive faster, better, data-backed decisions—and I’m looking forward to working with Ajay, Hardik, and the rest of the team to continue innovating on these capabilities.”

“Decision Intelligence is becoming one of the most sought-after solutions for organizations interested in modernizing their data analytics stack, and I couldn’t be happier to welcome Hardik back and to have John join us during such a pivotal time,” said Ajay Khanna, Founder and CEO of Tellius. “Both Hardik and John will bring their product development and analytics expertise to advance the power of our platform to every data-driven company. With their knowledge, leadership, and bold ideas, Tellius will become the de facto product for empowering every worker, regardless of their analytical skills, with granular insights into what is happening, why metrics change, and how to impact business outcomes.” 

To learn more about Tellius or to request a demo of the company’s decision intelligence platform, visit

The company is also actively hiring for product and sales talent across the globe. To learn more, visit

About Tellius 

Tellius is an AI-driven decision intelligence platform that enables anyone to get faster insights from their data. The company helps organizations across industries, including financial services, pharmaceutical and life sciences, retail, healthcare, and high technology, accelerate their journey from data to decisions by augmenting human expertise and curiosity with intelligent automation. The company’s platform combines AI- and ML-driven automation with a search interface for ad hoc exploration, allowing users to ask questions of their business data, analyze billions of records in seconds, and gain comprehensive, automated insights in a single platform. Founded in 2016, Tellius is backed by Sands Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, and Veraz Investments. 

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Media contact:
Nicole Metro
V2 Communications for Tellius
(617) 426-2222 


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